Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ON VIEW: Paul Anthony Smith

Paul Anthony Smith, Untitled #6, Picotage, 2012, 10 X 8  inches.  Image via secristgallery.com.
Works by Paul Anthony Smith are featured in the exhibit New Work from Kansas City on view from June 8 to July 27, 2013 at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago.

From Carrie Secrist Gallery website:

Manipulated photographs by Paul Anthony Smith investigate autobiographical, ancestral, and cultural self-identification. For the works in this exhibition, Smith employs a technique called picotage, wherein he uses a ceramics tool to pick away the top layer of photographic images. Referencing African scarification and masking, these tears shimmer as if flecked with glitter. His obscured black figures are abstracted cultural portraits, feeding the artist’s interests in family history and heritage, as well as his broader research into African Diaspora. 
Paul Anthony Smith is the recipient of a 2013 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award and a 2013 ArtsKC Inspiration grant. Following his debut solo exhibition with ZieherSmith, New York in early 2013, Smith was named by Huffington Post as one of the 30 best Contemporary Black Artists Under 40. He will participate in the Art Omi International Artists Residency this summer and present a solo exhibition at The MAC in Dallas this fall. 

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